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Friday, July 29, 2005

Odd man out?

A story in Outlook raises a question -- now that Ganguly can play, wwho will India drop, and why?
The article duly points out that 15 is not a cast in stone number; that the actual cap is set by the boards of the participating nations; and that the only downside to India playing 16 is that other nations will use it as precedent.
Not so. Not really -- it all boils down to the regulations governing each tournament. In the sense, if tomorrow India and England are playing and England expresses a desire to bring 16, it does not follow that it has to be automatically granted because India here used 16 players in its squad -- the conditions for each successive series are drawn up by the participating boards and, unlike in a court of law, a precedent does not automatically apply.

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